Police charged a 76-year-old Riverside man with drunken driving and cited him for several traffic offenses after he allegedly drove his 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck into the apartment building at 43 West Ave. on Aug. 8 at about 8:35 p.m.
Both the driver and his 67-year-old female passenger were treated for minor injuries at the hospital, said police. No one else was injured in the one-vehicle crash.
When a police arrived at the scene, they reported the pickup truck sitting atop a concrete retaining wall with all four wheels of the truck off the ground. They later learned that the driver was initially westbound on Pine Avenue.
While making a right turn to head northbound on West Avenue, the trucks jumped the curb in front of 30 West Ave. and ran over newly planted trees and shrubs and missed a large tree before veering back onto the street.
As it headed northbound on West Avenue, the truck veered to the right, again jumped the curb and up onto the concrete retaining wall, striking the rear of the apartment building at 43 West Ave. in the process.
The driver reportedly told police he didn’t know how he ended up crashing into the building. However, he reportedly did tell police he’d been at a restaurant in Countryside, where he’d consumed at least six drinks before getting into the truck and driving home.